Archive | March, 2013

Book Review: Bumpology

28 Mar

Bumpology: The Myth-Busting Pregnancy Book for Curious Parents-to-be

by Linda Geddes

To be honest  I haven’t really read any pregnancy books apart from this one.  I have however trawled the Internet for tips, advice, what to do’s and what not to do’s, what to eat, how to sleep and anything else you could possibly imagine.   The Internet so far has made me worry more about aches and pains and in some cases, even made me consider taking myself to hospital to treat some rare unusual disease/ailment that only effects 0.5 percent of pregnant women ( I could have been that 0.5 percent).  I thought I’d invest in a pregnancy book as I only had one stamp left to get a free £10 voucher (one Christmas present down).  This one jumped out at me, mainly because of the bright orange cover and the tag line- it has not failed to deliver and does exactly what it says on the tin (cover). Linda Geddes is a science journalist and mum, she asks all the questions you were wanting to ask and answers them with scientific research or even where there is a not sufficient research to back up what you are told by “reliable” sources I.e. your mum and her next door neighbour.  I know this is a crafty based blog but I thought I needed to spread the world as it really has helped put my mind at ease about most things.
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Cute Cardigan

25 Mar

I love this little pattern.  It is reasonably quick and quite simple as very little joining involved. I only know this as last week I tried out this pattern and didn’t realise that the needle sizes were American sizes so ended up with the worlds smallets cardigan (super cute though none the less)

Today I’ve started again with the right sized needles…so far so good.

Note: 6.5mm UK needles for a 7-8lb baby, 3.5mm for preemie.


Baby Booties

24 Mar

These little booties were the first thing I knitted when I found out I was pregnant.  I was so pleased with them but couldn’t show anyone for ages as no one knew I was pregnant and didn’t want to be deemed mad for knitting baby clothes for no reason.  I have found various versions off this on the Internet, but this is my adapted pattern that works lovely for me.

They are very quick and easy like most things I make due to being far too impatient.  Each boot takes about 45 minutes if you are as slow as me at knitting.


You Need:

  • Size 5 needles (UK)
  • A little bit of double knit wool in any colour
  • Optional pretty attachments for the front in this case bloody big gold buttons

K = Knit,  K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together, Inc = Increase

(If you are unsure of how to do any of these, youtube is the best place to learn)


Cast on 30 stitches

Row1-2                 – Knit in Garter stitch

Row 3 – 10           – k1, inc 1, knit row until the last stitch, inc 1, k1.

Row 11                  – k23

Row 12 –18          – k1, k2tog, knit row until last three stiches, k2tog, k1

Row 19 –              – Cast off 5, knit to the end of the row

Row 20 –              – Cast off 5, knit to the end of the row

Row 21 – 29         – Knit in Garter Stitch

Row 30                  – Loosely cast off.

Fold piece in half (now you can se how it’s going to be a boot) and with a piece of wool and a wool sewing needle, sew along the bottom, around the toe.  Tuck in all the long threads using a crochet hook.  Turn the bootie inside out.  You now have a little bootie with a small cuff.  If you want, put something on the front, i.e. a big button or a ribbon bow.

Ta Da!!! One little bootie completed.

You can change this pattern by casting on more stitches to make bigger boots or using larger needles, adding in different colours, or knitting 1 row and purling the next….endless possibilities.


Where the Magic Happens

24 Mar

Where the Magic Happens

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